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Amit Shah Says, CAA Does Not Violate Constitutional Provisions

Union Home Minister Amit Shah declared that the BJP-led federal government will never compromise on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The comments came after the Centre announced the regulations for implementing the act.

Speaking to ANI, Amit Shah said, “This is our sovereign right to ensure Indian citizenship in our country, we will never compromise on it and CAA will never be taken back. The opposition is also aware that it has bleak chances of coming to power.”

“The opposition has no other work, they even said that there was a political benefit in surgical strikes and air strikes, so should we not take action against terrorism? They also said that the abrogation of Article 370 was also for our political benefit. We have been saying since 1950 that we will remove Article 370,” he said.

“Unki history hai jo bolte hai karte nahi hai, Modi ji ki history hai jo BJP ya PM Modi ne kaha woh patthar ki lakeer hai. Modi ki har guarantee poori hoti hai…” the minister told ANI.

Dismissing the criticism that the “CAA is unconstitutional”, Amit Shah said it does not violate the constitutional provisions. He also accused opposition parties including Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, and Rahul Gandhi of indulging in “politics of lies”.

“BJP has made it clear in its 2019 manifesto that it will bring CAA and provide Indian citizenship to refugees (from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan). BJP has a clear agenda and under that promise, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in both houses of Parliament in 2019. It got delayed due to Covid. BJP had cleared its agenda well before the party got its mandate in the polls,” Shah replied to the Opposition’s claim of the timing of bringing notification of CAA before the Lok Sabha elections.

He further said the opposition parties only want to consolidate their vote bank by doing appeasement politics, while clarifying that CAA is the law for the entire country.

“There is no question of political gain as the main aim of the BJP is to provide rights and justice to persecuted minorities coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh,” the minister added.

Seeking Indian citizenship under the CAA?

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced on March 13 that a helpline number will be available soon to assist applicants. The government said in an official tweet that CAA applicants may make free calls from anywhere in India to acquire information on the new law, and that the hotline will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

An MHA official provided the information on X. “A helpline number to assist candidates for Indian citizenship under #CAA-2019 will be launched soon. Applicants can make free calls from anywhere in India to acquire information about CAA-2019. The helpline will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On March 11, the MHA published the Citizenship Amendment Act’s regulations.

The law will pave the way for Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian, and Parsi refugees, who came to India before December 31, 2014, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan to acquire Indian citizenship without having a valid passport of these countries or an Indian visa.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in Parliament in December 2019. The Lok Sabha passed the Bill on December 9 while the Rajya Sabha passed it on December 11.

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(Source: Live Mint)

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